Reviews

Review: The 355 (2022)

When an operation to buy an advanced cyberweapon from a rogue Colombian DNI agent, Luis Rojas (Édgar Ramírez), goes awry, CIA agent Nick Fowler (Sebastian Stan) is killed in action. Keen for revenge and to get...

Review: Moonfall (2022)

Three stars. Well, four stars, really, if you’re down with what German filmmaker Roland Emmerich does in his big-budget, big (but midrange) cast, big concept disaster flicks. I think we’re going to get a Rolan...

Review: Reacher (2022)

Several times in the debut season of Reacher, the titular character has to contend with a group of mooks who have been sent to put some fear into him or lay some damage on him. The inevitable result is th...

Review: House of Gucci (2021)

There’s a moment in House of Gucci where Al Pacino’s Aldo Gucci advises his nephew Maurizio (Adam Driver) and his wife, low-class femme fatale Patrizia (Lady Gaga), to breathe in deeply and taste the...

Review: Marvel’s Hit-Monkey (2022)

It takes a little narrative manoeuvring—some of it awkward—to get to the high concept of Hit Monkey, Marvel/Disney’s latest small screen offering. So rather than recount the setup, here’s the pitch: after...

Review: Nightmare Alley (2021)

Alfred Hitchcock, in conversation with Francois Truffaut, insisted that audiences can have sympathy for the villains in films. Using his own Psycho as an example, the master of suspense hel...

Review: Hawkeye (2021)

“Stakes” is an interesting concept. The Marvel Cinematic Universe was built on gradually escalating stakes — Iron Man (2008) was basically about a corporate takeover in terms of plot, but the emotional stakes ...

Review: Sword of Trust (2019)

The Confederacy lost the American Civil War, of course – a quick Google will tell you that. But we live in a time of “alternative facts”, and while all of us are sadly acquainted with nonsense like Holocaust d...

Review: Antlers (2021)

Teacher Julia Meadows (Keri Russell), recently returned to her small hometown in Oregon, becomes concerned when one of her students, Lucas Weaver (Jeremy T. Thomas), becomes withdrawn and starts producing cree...